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XAVIER, Mariane da Silva et al. The usage of psychotropic drugs in subjects with mental disorder in ambulatory attendance. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.36, pp.114-125. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: Knowing the experiences from subjects with mental disorder face to the usage of psychotropic drugs. Methodology: Qualitative research conducted by semi-structured interviews with 15 participating, in a period from April to May 2012, in a teaching hospital from countryside. The results were processed by the Atlas TI software and were submitted to analysis of thematic content. Results: The experiments involved different aspects, the ones that motivate or hinder the use of psychotropic drugs. The perception of the users concerning the benefits that psychotropic drugs can bring was identified as a motivated aspect, because it provides the social reintegration and the improvement on living together. Similarly, the difficulties to the use of psychotropic drugs were related to the conscience regarding the adverse reactions that these drugs may present. Conclusion: It was conclude that to the subjects with mental disorder the psychotropic drugs are efficient for the treatment, despite its adverse reactions. At the same time, the psychotropic drugs must not being seen as the only way of treatment, but they must be allied to the psychosocial attendance, family group, multi-professional attention, in other words, it must be offered a full and qualified care according to the necessity of each subject.

Keywords : Nursing; Mental health; Psychotropic drugs; Ambulatory care; Qualitative analysis.

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